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Comment: comes in handy (Score 1) 98

by beefoot (#48850939) Attached to: Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa
I don't think it is necessary to print the freaking 5 storey building -- especially right in the city where building materials are readily available. One could do it does not mean one should do it.

It may comes in handy and cheaper when one is to "print" a house in a remote location: arctic, remote islands, etc.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with the process (Score 1) 319

by beefoot (#48775333) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack
Right -- combing one's behaviour for his/her criminal intent is so 70's. The big data today could determine if someone will be a criminal/terrorist when the person hasn't even born yet. That way pregnancy could be terminated ahead of time and we will enjoy world peace every single day.

Comment: what's wrong with the process (Score 1) 319

by beefoot (#48774519) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack
In most developed countries -- law enforcement could get a hold of what they want by simply getting a court order. If they want to tap into my phone line, as long as they could justify that in front of a judge, they will get it. If they suspect person X has a tie to a terrorist organization, why not get a court order to spy the shit out of this person. What's wrong with this process?

Comment: different subscription model (Score 1) 415

by beefoot (#48557357) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'
Since when /. pay for windows? Do you think MS would go with buying a $299 laptop with a $10/month subscription? They may go with 2 year subscription free. After that, your computer would stop getting updates. But if you pay $x (either a monthly or annual fee), you are getting windows as well as onedrive, skype, ms office, etc. I think this model works. I never paid a penny to MS directly until I saw the offer on office 365. I couldn't resist even it does not worth the money for MS office alone, but combined with unlimited onedrive, skype, etc, I bit.

Comment: our hiring keywords (Score 1) 574

by beefoot (#48310999) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said
I don't remember I've hired anyone screened by HR. HR requires the job description and skill set written down in a way they could digest. When I hire people, I'm less concern about people's skill matching what's on the job description, but more concern about the person's knowledge in general, ability to adapt to changing environment, and whether a fit to the group. I don't know how to write these criteria down in the job description.

I intentionally created really detailed job description/requirements which I don't think HR could find anyone matches the requirements. To my surprise, they found 2 individuals which their skill-sets on their resumes match the requirements.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"